Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Colorado Lake Photo Shoot

Today's post is all about Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado with images courtesy of Sarah Porter Photography. Winter lasts so long that when summer is here, it's wise to take advantage of the mountain lakes and streams for recreation and relaxation whenever possible. Even better if you can time it right to plan a photo session at one of the many bodies of water available in the Rocky Mountains. Take a guided tour with a fly fisherman, put on some waders and have a shoot that way. Or, hop on your mountain bikes for an engagement shoot. Sky's the limit and we're here to help.

Engagement, Elopements and Destination Weddings

Please contact us to learn more about setting up a custom wedding package with the photographer found in this blog, or others on this site. We accept submissions of high altitude nuptials and Colorado mountain love, but we love showing other fun areas that are inspiring and creative. We've helped couples plan snowy engagement shoots, dog sledding elopements and destination weddings for smaller groups. If you think you need a full-service to work out some ongoing details, we can recommend the best in the business. Otherwise, we find that a lot of our clients don't need that kind of assistance. We can help you a little, or a lot, and we should set up an initial call to discuss the best way for us to help you. Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

There is something incredibly freeing about creating photographs for yourself. There is a certain amount of pressure that is lifted from your shoulders when you know that you don’t have to perform on a certain level. However, there is a different kind of self-imposed pressure to hustle a little harder and break from what is comfortable. Crystal and Javier stepped in the last minute when my original couple had to change their plans unexpectedly. They were an incredibly easy couple to photograph and we had a superb afternoon. These two are comfortable around each other: there is nothing stiff or forced about their relationship. Love and grace is evident in Crystal and Javier’s lives. This shoot ended up having special meaning for them, it commemorated there one year anniversary of being together as a couple.

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

Crystal + Javier: Styled Couple Shoot at Carter Lake, Colorado

 

Photographer:  Sarah Porter Photography//Floral Designer: Bella Calla//Other Location: Carter Lake Marina //Dress Store: Forever 21//Design and Decor: Lincoln Park Emporium//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Vintage VW Bus Engagement Photography Session

Today's post is all about Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia with images courtesy of Clint Bargen Photography. I accepted this submission as it reminded me of a road trip that Dina and I did a few years back. We flew into San Francisco and saw Galactic with Charlie 2na at the Fillmore. The next day we took the train to a car rental company that we rented a westfalia from and drove along the coastal byway towards Santa Cruz. A beach in British Columbia would be a fun place to hang out with a bus. This couple did just that to celebrate their engagement. How fun is that?

Wheels, Rails and Boats

So, when it comes down to it, you'll have your choice of wheels, rails and boats when it comes to transportation in and around Colorado. Wheels being found on cars and even the landing gear of small aircraft. Rails for the various rail road tracks and train excursions around. And boats, meaning the water craft that explore our alpine lakes. You can have some fun activities planned for your engagement shoot like a background piece being either mountains or something large like the bus here. You can also hop a small plane to Vail or Telluride from the Denver area and find dramatic backdrops there.

For the Breckenridge and Summit County areas, I think a unique feature is to get out on the water and take some pics. We had a pontoon parade after our outdoor ceremony at Lake Dillon. But, do what feels right for you. And if you need some help putting it all together, we can help with that. We help plan a lot of destination weddings and elopements, but surprise proposals and engagement shoots are part of what we do too. Please contact us to learn more. Thanks for reading!

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Got the call from these two cross border lovers (she's American and he's a Canuck like me) last month. Thomas wanted to know if we could use his vintage VW bus in some photos and I was down for that! Can't be that classic feel.

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Megan + Thomas: VW Bus Engagement Photography in British Columbia | Image: Clint Bargen Photography

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Adventure Travel and Destination Wedding Inspiration

Today's post is about Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa, with  images courtesy of M&J Studios. This is a continuation of M&J Studios submissions via Two Bright Lights that had me day dreaming about wandering the beaches of Iceland. Please click here to see another set of dramatic photos from this beautiful land. Mountain people are pretty much done with winter about now, but are still stuck with a few more weeks of snow and graupel while the temps get higher and the rivers fill with snowmelt. Lots of the mountain tribes migrate west to Moab, Glen Canyon / Lake Powell or Zion. You might've heard of Bryce Canyon, and those places are right around six hours (maybe a little more for some of these) of driving away from Breckenridge. So, it's actually plausible to think of a mountain wedding in Colorado and then escape to the desert for a honeymoon. Ask us about where we've been and we can steer you in the right place to explore and enjoy.

Waterfalls, Beaches and Icebergs

The icebergs on the beach and terrain in this blog reminded me of some time I spent on a NOLS course in Patagonia, wandering the beaches near the Campo del Hielo Sur, or southern ice field. We paddled away from the glacier we were dropped near, and ice bergs calved from the main sheet of ice drifted with the ebb and flow of the tide through the Chilean archipelago. Iceland looks intriguing and I even know of a college buddy who rode his fat bike through Iceland recently. Whatever mountains you choose, we hope you have a wonderful day full of love. If you're considering an adventure in the Breckenridge area and don't know where to start, please contact us to learn more how we can help you plan an elopement, wedding or vow renewal in our mountainous terrain. There are no ice bergs, but we do have waterfalls and beaches. Kind of, on the beach part. At a few lakes anyway. Thanks for reading!

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

First thing what comes up in my mind when thinking about Maja and Patrick are they were just so brave! Iceland is a magical natural wonder out of this world, it can take your breath away in every corner but will put you in a test as well. We agreed right away if in case it’s rainy and too windy we will keep the second day as a back-up. The wedding day was so fiercely windy, like nothing I have felt before and when looking back to those photos I truly think Maja and Patrick are one of the bravest couples I’ve ever had. We really fought with the weather, my lenses were constantly full of black sand and it was hard to move on the beach. But, it was so rewarding to see the most happy faces when we ended up on the iceberg fields so called “ice lagoon” in the end of our first day.We drove more than 800km in two days in southern part of Iceland.

After every corner the veil of dreams was lifted and we thought this is the mother of core beauty of all. Raw, clean, pure, you feel so small in it that it must be one of the most magical places to get married on earth. Mostly we were just improvising, exploring new places and places I’ve been before, not in a hurry, just enjoying it all despite the weather. Memorable days to remember forever. I’m so happy that I was able to be there with you, Maja and Patrick.Words from the couple:“We fell in love with Iceland for its romantic melancholy scenery – and its neutrality: with our families being spread all over the world (in China, Germany and the UK) it was impossible to include everybody, so a private wedding followed by receptions seemed the fairest way. Plus, this way we got to follow the wedding with the honeymoon right away!

Iceland turned out to be the perfect destination – so much more breathtaking in person, every turn of the road brought us to new, spectacular views. In fact we were so enamoured we drove 800km over the two wedding days ever in search of new vistas (which Mait so beautifully captured!) and we already can’t wait to go back.”

We did have a lovely florist, who was recommended to us by our lovely AirBnb hosts - she was so friendly and enthusiastic, I e-mailed her a photo of the dress and she made the bouquet to match, and made a hair clip and boutonniere as a gift.

My shoes (both the heels and the booties) were Vivienne Westwood x Melissa. The vintage coat was from my mother in law. Patrick's whole outfit (not that anyone ever cares about the poor groom haha) was Hugo Boss with shoes from Ted Baker.And we chose Iceland because we just loved the unearthly, dramatic landscapes, and because being multi-racial, our families are spread all over the globe... and we decided to have the wedding private, with local receptions to follow as a way to not exclude anyone.

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Maja + Patrick: Iceland Wedding in Harjumaa | Image: M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Engagement Photography in Iceland

Today's special feature is all about Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland with images courtesy of M&J Studios. If you're a regular to this blog, we're all about the weddings and mountain love stories here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We're based in Breckenridge, but our blog here shows love stories from around the world. From time to time we get a jaw-dropping session submitted via Two Bright Lights and just have to accept it to share the eye candy. We hope you enjoy this set of images that will help inspire you for a fun day taking photos somewhere in the mountains.

Adventure Weddings and Engagement Photo Sessions

While we'd love to go to Iceland to take some pics ourselves, if you want the help and don't know where to start, we can help you put together a romantic getaway to the Summit County area to take your engagement photos in any of the nearby mountain towns. Each one has its own charm. Keystone, Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne are close by, while Vail and Beaver Creek are just a hop, skip and a jump over Vail Pass. We put together a custom package that will include a professional photographer, lodging and any other vendors or services you might need. Please contact us to learn more about small weddings and elopements too. For full-service planning needs and larger, destination events with a traditional venue, we can recommend a local Breckenridge wedding planner to work with you for Day-Of, and Coordinating Services. Thanks for reading!

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Some years ago when I had my studies in Reykjavik, we drove around the Iceland in three days. Awesome ride! I remember dreaming about coming back in one day and photographing on those places we passed. We drove more than 1400 km with Sarah and Lauri in few days without the rush. We stopped where we wanted, we took our time to see around. We passed all those places, starting from Reykjavik, heading to Vik, passing the Ice Lagoon in Jökulsárlón, all the way through eastern-fjords, to the planet mars type of terrains up in the north, spending the nights in Skaftarhreppur and Myvatn, coming back through Akureyri.I promised to capture the weddings photos of Sarah and Lauri when they get married and Iceland perfectly matched my vision of their wedding shots. On the road we were with the Asgeir’s music playing in our speaker all the way.

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Sarah + Lauri: Engagement Photography in Harjumaa, Iceland | Image:M&J Studios

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Engagement Photography in California

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Stearns Wharf Engagement Photography

The trees covering the hillsides were what first attracted me to the photos in today's post about Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Engagement Photography in California, with images courtesy of Melvin Gilbert Photography, but I think the more I looked at the couple, I could see the love in the faces, and in their body language. Even the photographer wrote this on his blog, "Visibly in love and so at ease with each other, I could see the depth of devotion through the camera’s lens in every loving glance and heartfelt smile."

Engagement Photography Locations and Packages

If you're interested in creating a fun experience for your engagement photo shoot, please contact us to learn how we can set up a package that takes care of all your needs. We know lots of locations and backdrops, from rustic cabins, to historic downtown buildings, to the panoramic views of the Continental Divide. We love mixing up our blog a little bit every now and then with something other than our normal run of rustic weddings, which we love the most by the way, but we know there are plenty of water people that make it up to the high hills, so hopefully this posts brings up some ideas of how to tie in your water roots into your engagement, wedding or vow renewal. Thanks for reading.

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

ALBUM STORY

 1. Where are you from? Cinthia was born in Santa Barbara, with her parents originally from Guatemala. Melvin was born and raised in Guatemala and moved to Santa Barbara at the age of 20.

2. How did you meet? We met at church. He was my sister's husband's best friend and he introduced us.

3. What do you have in common? We both enjoy the outdoors. We love hanging out together, spending quality time. We both really love sweets. We are both quiet and reserved, and like to have a good time with friends. We are both simple and relaxed. We have a lot of fun together.

4. How did your fiancée propose? Melvin and I went out to breakfast and he proposed at the harbor. It was very intimate. Just him and I and he got on one knee, spoke from his heart, and I said yes.

5. Tell us about yourselves. How long have you been together? How do you spend your time? What makes your fiancee different than the rest? Anything else you’d like to share? We have been together for four years and engaged for 10 months. We love being together, either eating out, shopping or watching movies. He is very sweet to me, and treats me like no one else has. He loves me and I can see how much he loves me. He is a true gentleman and he always makes sure I am ok. I am his first priority. Mainly it's the way he is with me.

6. Why did you choose us as your wedding photographer? I chose Melvin Gilbert because he was the photographer for my sister's wedding and I liked his style of working. He made everyone feel very comfortable and the pictures were amazing. We really enjoyed his work and the way he worked.

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

Cinthia + Melvin: Stearns Wharf Wedding in California | Image: Melvin Gilbert Photography

 Submitted via Two Bright Lights